PRYSE Academy


Supporting recently arrived refugees in improving their language, academic, and storytelling skills.  

pittsburgh refugee youth summer enrichment academy

PRYSE Academy is a summer program for immigrant and refugee youth in middle and high school who live in Allegheny County. Through engaging academic curricula, creative expression workshops, team-building activities, field trips, and soccer programming, PRYSE is proven to help participants develop literacy skills, build personal confidence, prepare for the school year, and deepen their sense of belonging. Thanks to donors and support from local foundations, PRYSE is completely free of cost to participants.


Pittsburgh Refugee Youth Summer Enrichment Academy, or PRYSE, is the origin story of ARYSE. In 2013, a group of undergraduates from the University of Pittsburgh organized the first and only summer camp in the region tailored to the needs and goals of refugee youth. Since then, over 200 youth living representing over 10 different immigrant communities in Allegheny County have been served through the program.